Regardless of the job, all occupations in Pennsylvania and across the country hold some degree of risk. Though measures can be taken to protect worker safety, an industrial accident can still occur. Unfortunately, an accident in another state that killed one person and seriously injured another likely remains under investigation.
The incident occurred on a day in early July. According to people who live in the area, a loud boom was followed by the sounds of sirens. Reports indicate that a crew was working to assemble a water well.
While the crew was working, a piece of the well's steel wall broke free, according to reports. The steel reportedly landed on crew members. One person was killed while another was seriously injured. Two other workers were reportedly uninjured.
A fatal industrial accident such as this typically prompts an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Though companies can be fined if investigators determine that workplace health or safety standards occurred in the events leading up to the accident, such an outcome will do little to help workers -- and their families -- cope with the financial implications of an accident. Fortunately, victims may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits, and there are experienced professionals available in Pennsylvania who can help them seek a fair settlement. Because the aftermath of an accident such as this can be filled with stress, having an attorney on their side can help victims navigate the sometimes complicated process, allowing them to focus on recovery from their injuries and grief rather than negotiations with an insurance company.